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Die kroatische Sprache im Burgenland heute
The Croatian language in Burgenland today

Author(s): Gerhard Neweklowsky
Subject(s): Cultural history, Theoretical Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, South Slavic Languages, Behaviorism, Philology
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Keywords: Croatian; Burgenland; statistics; origin; literary tradition; standardization of the language; language contacts; language policy; mass media; sociolinguistic behaviour; school;

Summary/Abstract: The paper gives a survey of the situation of Burgenland Croatian today. The Croats of the former Western Hungarian lands originate mostly from the 16th century. Their present number is approximately 20000 in Austria, and even smaller in Hungary and Slovakia. The Croats in Austria are bi-lingual, Croatian and German. Their literary language is a Čakavian, ikavian-ekavian variety of Croatian, which has been written since the 17th century. Efforts to standardize the language have resulted in dictionaries and a grammar recently. Language contacts between Burgenland Croatian on the one hand, and Standard Croatian, German, and Hungarian on the other are described. Language policy is not very much in favor of the Croats. Nevertheless have they achieved better presence in the mass media during the last years. The linguistic usage of bi-lingual individuals differs according to age, sex, and profession. Bi-lingual instruction is conducted in a small number of schools only.

  • Issue Year: 51/2006
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 1-13
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: German